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Using Asphaltum Glaze to Antique Furniture

I’ve seen several talented furniture rescuers (Miss Mustard Seed comes to mind) using Valspar Asphaltum glaze on their shabby chic creations.

Valspar Asphaltum Antiquing Glaze

I have to tell you right now, I had not been very successful with this glaze. Every time I tried to use it, I ended up wiping it all off and ditching my efforts. However, I finally figured out the technique for using this glaze (on this project). The trick can be summed up with “less is more”!

I poured out a quarter size dollop of the Valspar Asphaltum glaze.

Then gently dab your paint brush into it. Dab almost all of the glaze off onto a rag.

Next, lightly brush the glaze over your surface. The picture below shows using TOO MUCH!

Too Much Glaze

This is the amount you should see when you drag your paintbrush over the surface. Very dry brush and hardly any glaze on it:

Just Right

If the results still look too dark to you, go ahead and wipe the glaze off with a rag.

You can also drag your brush sideways. This works especially well on furniture edges.

Just Right, Sideways Dragging

Here are the results of using the asphaltum glaze on this dresser.

Now that you’ve seen the technique, what do you want to try this out on?

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  1. Christina
    Christina says:

    What would be a similar glaze? Would you consider this to be a brown or a dark gray? I can’t get this in the town I live in but needing to finish a project. What color would you describe the glaze?


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  1. […] For the final touch, you can bring out the details by using Valspar Asphaltum glaze. A tutorial for using glazes is HERE. […]

  2. […] For more depth and interest, dry brush and then wipe off the Valspar Asphalum glaze. (Read my tips and tricks for getting great results with the Valspar Antiquing glaze.) […]

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